Well, there weren't a whole lot of surprises in the WCC Tournament as every higher seed won its quarterfinal matchup to head into the semifinals on Monday.
Of course, just like we always have all year, the Bulldogs had the most interesting game. But in the end, like that clichéd saying goes, a win is a win. The rest of the games were actually pretty close too, maybe finally proving that balance in the WCC is far less lopsided than it used to be. Either way, only the top four seeds remained. Here is a quick look at what happened on Saturday.
No. 2 BYU 85, No. 10 LMU 74
Four of LMU's five starters scored in double digits led by Anthony Ireland's 19 points. But the team shot 37 percent from the floor and couldn't keep up with the BYU offense. Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars with 23 points and Tyler Haws added 22 as the Cougars easily won. Not everything was good, however. Matt Carlino struggled to score his 11 points and BYU didn't make a single three pointer missing all 12 attempts, the first time all season BYU has been skunked from afar.
No. 3 San Francisco 69, No. 6 San Diego 60
Welp, there goes my dark horse. San Francisco's defense shut down San Diego and the offense did just enough to win. Avry Holmes scored 19 points and Cole Dickerson added 14, but there wasn't much else happening outside of that. San Francisco attacked San Diego pretty relentlessly, finishing with 30 free throw attempts compared to 20 for San Diego.
No. 4 Saint Mary's 80, No. 5 Pepperdine 69
Saint Mary's rebounded from one of its worst games this season with the sort of game that make them a threat in the tournament. Brad Waldow finished with 21 points and the Gaels were remarkably efficient on offense. Saint Mary's had an effective field goal percentage of 58 percent and an offensive rating of 123.1. Now, will this be the Saint Mary's team that shows up on Monday or the previous two failed attempts versus Gonzaga?
The WCC gets a break to go out and party on the strip on Sunday. The semifinals will be back on Monday with the championship game on Tuesday.
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